Veterinary Support

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Christina Autore
    School: Delaware Valley College

    Christina Autore joined the Staten Island Animal Hospital team in May 2013. She is trained as both a veterinary assistant and a receptionist. Christina graduated from Delaware Valley College with a degree in small animal science and biotechnology and a minor in livestock science. Christina is continuing her education in the nursing program at the College of Staten Island. At home she cares for her Crested Gecko, Godiva and her Boston Terrier, Ace.


  • Veterinary Assistant

    Leia Metrick
    School: Rutgers University, BS (Biology)

    Leia Metrick joined the Staten Island Animal Hospital team in November 1997. She is trained as both a veterinary assistant and as a receptionist. Leia graduated with a degree in Biology from Rutger's University. She will soon graduate from nursing school and become a Registered Nurse. When Leia isn't taking care of the pets at the hospital, her cats Kala, Tweek, Toonces, Junior and 12-year-old dog Kira keep her company at home.


  • Veterinary Assistant

    Nellie Parrilla

    Nellie Parrilla joined the Staten Island Animal Hospital team as a veterinary assistant in June 2007. Prior to joining our hospital staff, Nellie was an EMT with St. Vincent's hospital for many years. In addition to helping our client's pets, Nellie helps find homes for stray or abandoned animals at the hospital, even taking home strays herself. At home, Nellie and her fellow animal lover son, Bobby, care for the pets which also includes their dogs (Betsy, Peanut and Bambi), four cats (Ginger, Peaches, Baby and Edgewater) and a goldfish named "Tartar Sauce."

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